IndiaMART.com, India's largest online B2B marketplace, along with ET NOW has announced the erudite Jury for 'IndiaMART Leaders of Tomorrow Awards 2010'. The Jury comprises of eminent business leaders who have personified excellence and commitment in their respective fields. These personalities include Mr. Shiv Nadar, Chairman and Chief Strategy Officer, HCL Technologies; Mr. Gautam Thapar, Chairman and CEO, Avantha Group; Mr. Kushagra Bajaj, Promoter and Joint Managing Director, Bajaj Hindustan Ltd.; Mr. Jagdish Khattar, Chairman and Managing Director, Carnation Auto India Pvt. Ltd. and Mr. Uday Kumar Varma, Honourable Secretary, Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Government of India.The Jury will preside over the selection process that will give us the shortlisted names and later the winners of 'IndiaMART Leaders of Tomorrow Awards 2010'. These winners will be felicitated at a Gala Awards Ceremony on 3rd December, 2010 in New Delhi.
Proud of the Jury panel for the Awards, Mr. Dinesh Agarwal, Founder & CEO, IndiaMART.com, said, "The revered Jury has added credibility to these Awards. Their inputs and experience will ensure that the entrepreneurs shortlisted are the true growth propellers of the Indian economy. We are extremely thankful to them to have given their consent for the same and are sure that their presence will provide right impetus to this initiative."
Mr. Sunil Lulla, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Times Television Network, said,“At ET NOW we are overwhelmed by the response to the call for entries for the Leaders of Tomorrow Awards and confident that a Jury comprising such eminent personalities will select those entrepreneurs who will drive the future of Indian business.”
Coming together of such stalwarts will further channelize the potential of our Indian SMEs towards nation building. Backed by an illustrious background, Mr. Shiv Nadar is the recipient of the Padma Bhushan Award for his contribution to the IT industry. He will preside over as the Chairman of the Jury. The other Jury member Mr. Gautam Thapar heads Avantha Group, the USD 4 billion paper-to-power conglomerate. He also serves as the President of Thapar University and is the Vice Chairman of The Aspen Institute India.
Mr. Kushagra Nayan Bajaj has been instrumental in making Bajaj Hindusthan Ltd. India's number one sugar and ethanol manufacturing company while Mr. Jagdish Khattar has served as the CEO and MD of Maruti Suzuki India Ltd. till 2007. He turned into an entrepreneur himself in 2008 with a multi-brand pan India sales and service network in the automobile sector namely Carnation Auto.
Lastly, Mr. Uday Kumar Verma, a 1976 batch IAS of the Madhya Pradesh Cadre, has recently taken over as the Secretary in Ministry of MSME. He has authored two books on labour-related issues and written scores of papers which he has presented in various national and international forums. With this Jury announcement, these Awards have inched forward in becoming one of the most anticipated and coveted ceremonies to be witnessed in recent times.
IndiaMART.com is India's largest online B2B marketplace connecting global buyers with suppliers through business directories, online product catalogs, buy-sell offers, industry specific marketplaces, printed media and trade shows participation.
Founded in 1996 by Mr. Dinesh Agarwal (CEO), the company has a pan-India presence in over 100 cities. With over 2400 employees located across 55 offices in the country, IndiaMART.com offers an extensive range of value- added products and services to its 1 million registered members and nearly 5 million global buyers across various industries and verticals.
IndiaMART.com has won numerous awards over the years and has been widely covered by media such as CNBC, BBC, BusinessMoney, CNN, Businessworld, Economic Times, Financial Express, etc for its pioneering role in promoting SME business in the country. Its existing investors include Intel Capital and Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd (Times Group), India's largest print media group. The Board of Directors at IndiaMART.com comprises of Mr. Deep Kalra, Founder and CEO of Makemytrip.com and Dr. Nachiket Mor, President, ICICI Foundation among others.
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